tv [untitled] October 4, 2012 1:00pm-1:30pm PDT
>> hello, thank you, everybody. if you can hear me. my name is lewis newman. i'm the executive director of the san francisco fleet week association. and make no mistake about it, the city and county of san francisco are supporter of the united states military. san francisco fleetwood association is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that was formed to help organize and execute fleet week. and fleet week in 2012 like 2011 and 2010 has adopted a mission to promote the humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions of the united states military. we also, of course, will have the blue angels and the air show that comes with that.
the ships will be coming in and the wonderful liberty call that the wonderful men and women in the armed forces will have in san francisco. the fleet week association also, as i say, has a humanitarian and response. along with the civilian disaster response community, we'll have a senior leader seminar taking place on thursday and friday in which the military and the civilian community learn from one another on how to provide disaster response. i should mention that on wednesday morning out at ocean beach, the marine corps and the navy are setting up what's called the shock trauma platoon, a field hospital you and i might think of as a mass unit. and coming into ocean beach in cooperation with the national park service is what we call an lcac, acronym, landing craft
air. it will be a demonstration of how medical supplies will be brought in by amphibious supplies during a disaster. out of lake merced, we'll be landing helicopters to demonstrate medical evacuation procedures to the civilian community. having said all that, we have a cast and characters here to speak today and we'll be available for questions afterwards. we have major general mike meyer, retired marine corps. he is the chairman of the board for the san francisco fleet week association. we have joanne hayes white fire chief, monique moyer from the port, ann crone enberg department of emergency management. and i have to emphasize the partnership fleet week has with the department of emergency management goes beyond your imagination and the work we do together to create this disaster response program. we also have consul general doyle from the canadian consul. we have commander foster from
the coast guard, colonel chet jolly, [speaker not understood] from the united states navy. and of course we have somebody who is an incredible supporters of the fleet week program, mayor ed lee who i am going to turn over the microphone to now. (applause) >> thank you, lewis. welcome. this is the beginning of a great number of events in our city, but i have to say fleet week is really one of my best events. it's one that i've celebrated since just being here and senator feinstein helped reignite it. we were very glad for it to just grow. and, of course, it's a week-long recognition of our armed forces, navy, coast guard, marines. they're all represented here today and i want to give a big shout out and shanks for the men and women in our uniforms who are protecting us.
as you know, the world isn't safe. there are a lot of things that are happening. we have to always be ready and vigilant. i think a week out of our very busy calendars to recognize men and women is really an extraordinary opportunity to do that. i also want to give a very big thanks to the fleet week association. it's a great blend. and to have the chair, general, it's been wonderful to work with. he's kept us very focused on what we need to do. and then for all departments that have already been signalled out today, it's been wonderful to work with them today, both administratively and in organizing this event. this event has become international. that's why our canadian consul general is here to celebrate with us and to get that international recognition as well. you know, in addition to celebrating, in addition to having this great fun and
seeing the blue angels fly and practice, the parade of ships that we have and have kids and families visit the boats that will be docked on pier 30-32 and along pier 80. we also have over the past few years done, i think, the remarkable job of practicing what we preach because the humanitarian role of our military is one of the most important roles that they can play and all over the world. and for us in san francisco to experience it right down to the very neighborhoods that we have who want to learn what it is our relationship -- how do we work together when a huge disaster might befall us, that is why i'm excited for some of these new aspects to keep rolling out every year. we've done all the other things that major cities have done. we have invested in technology. we've got great websites that
ann cronenberg that the vest have embraced with our he can knowledge jai partners. we have the learn sf that i'm personally on. i receive those messages religiously of anything that might happen. of course, with critical mass this week, i was on that cell phone all the time to see whether or not anything in the city was out of character that we really had to make sure we covered. but all the other events as well. we have a great website. that's been our main stay for the public to learn and understand what it is to be better prepared. we've also had, of course, more fun ones for people to engage themselves, families and kids on quake sf, a quake quiz sf and learn through a series of questions what it takes for people to actually be better prepared as well. we have had over 190 sirens in our city that utilize the
multi-cultural languages to warn people about -- we've been testing them very regularly to make sure they work. the new things we're doing to bring disaster preparedness, to bring the relationships that i think are most valuable with our military, with our coast guard, with our navy, and our marines is to land amphibious on ocean beach 10:30 this wednesday to not only demonstrate, but to allow people to understand these are the kind of things that may happen with them should there be a disaster that closes down our major arteries of transportation. we've got to get medical supplies. we have to get food and other emergency equipment into the city. what are those fast ways? how do we work these relationships so that neighbors along ocean beach, along our west side of the city become very familiar with the practicing of this? and i'm excited to see the equipment demonstrated and to see the officers out there engaging with our volunteer
programs and the others that we are always engaging in, making sure they practice these things. you know, we are a world class city. when you look at the events that are happening for this whole month of october, you'll realize you'll probably have an additional million people on top of our residents into the city at various times. we are always concerned about everybody's safety as well as their enjoyment while they're having fun. there are people that work 24/7 to keep them safe in our city. and i want to thank our fire chief because she represents one of those key departments that do so. that's why i was out there on the chili cook off, chief. 13 different tastes within 45 minutes. me, myself, i paid for that on sunday. [laughter] >> but, again, i do that because i want to be with the men and women that serve 24/7 just as our military and our
coast guard do. our coast guard is very busy. every single day being here, they're out there on the water watching for everyone. they obviously have been involved in some life-saving activities already. and then to have the ships that carry our marines and our navy. and i really thank them for joining this whole week of both celebration, but preparedness. our humanitarian activities that go on, that get practiced, that engage our neighborhoods are one of the most important and exciting things that we could be doing. so, we take these fleet week opportunities not only in celebration, but great opportunities to practice. and we will always be ready as a result of that. and i want to thank the people of san francisco for allowing us to be more ready and to allowing us to spend resources and money and federal monies and stimulus monies to make sure that our communication, all the things work.
because we'll be that much more of a successful city and a city that's prepared. thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you, mr. mayor. and i'd like to call up now major general mike may, the khmer -- chairman of the fleet weeks association. (applause) >> thank you, louis. i want to take the opportunity first to thank this group of volunteers that has worked the last 10 months to put this event together. they are wonder of people and wonderful citizens in the city and county of san francisco to make this thing happen. i want to thank also the agencies of the city that have worked with us. first of all, the department of emergency management. we've become really kindred spirits in this whole process and we have been working with the poor, we've been working with the fire department, the police department, and who knows where else in this city. but there's just a lot of things i guess most of all
martha cohen works with us on this. thank you for all you do to make this happen. i do want to say the importance of the mission of the disaster response, we have a saying in the marine corps, never put yourself in a position where you have to introduce yourself from the battle field. get to know each other before something happens. and that's what this is about. and we've gotten to know these military and these civilian folks that are going to have to work together when a big catastrophic earthquake happens. we don't know when it will happen. we do know that one of these days everybody predicts we're going to have one. there's a lot of other events that go on during fleet week and it's the fun part. the air show is back. the blue angels will be here and they've got a great air show with a lot of different aircraft. there are band concerts all over this city. there is a band concert that we're going to do in oakland. we're trying to make this more than just san francisco bay area. there is a band concert at vallejo, at the maritime academy this coming friday. and we have a band concert at the marines memorial monday
night. there is a canine event sunday at pier 80 to show what military working dogs do to save lives. now, there's some events that we're not opening generally to the public, but i want to tell you about one that is very, very special. we had a conversation with the fire department a few years ago, and we recognized that one of the deficiencies in the training in the military was the ability to do urban search and rescue, because you can do more harm than good if you don't know how to do it. and, so, the san francisco fire department in 2010 trained noncommissioned officers and petty officer to how to do urban search and rescue. and that paid off in the earthquake in japan when some of those petty officers that had been trained by the fire department in 2010 had been isn't ashore in tokyo to help with the urban search and rescue. * send
so it has a real meaningful purpose. the fire department says we know how to do it. when the big one hits we're all going to be victims. we want to make sure anybody that comes in to help us knows how to do t. there are several other events that go on during fleet week. it's on our website, fleet week.u.s. you'll see all the events including the opportunity to go down to marina green to see what we call humanitarian assistance village. and there the military demonstrates the kind of capabilities they have to do humanitarian assistance, including bringing water out of the pier -- out of the bay, purifying it and they'll hand you a cup of it and you can see how it tastes. but anyway, we're really looking forward to it and we thank all of you so much for your help and your contribution to make fleet week a big success. (applause) >> thank you, general maya. i can't tell you how much i've learned about maritime operations since i've been
involved with fleet week and the complexities of bringing in all of these ships. we have american navy ships, united states navy ships, we have canadian ships coming in, coast guard ships. they all have to be put somewhere. and working out those complexities are the folks at the san francisco port. i'd like to call up monique moya. (applause) >> well, thank you. good morning, everyone, and thank you for coming. there isn't much that i can say on top of the eloquent words of both the mayor and the general. so, i think what i will do is invite you all, please, to come to the waterfront. our job is to not only welcome the vessels and give them safe berthing, but also to welcome the men and women in uniform who come ashore. and it is a great place to meet these young men and women. last year i had the honor of talking to many of them and i got to realize that several of them were coming home to meet their families. they may never have been to san francisco. they may never have sailed
under the golden gate bridge. they were coming into san francisco bay to reunite with their country men and families, in some cases to meet their newborn children. i found an amazing feat. to welcome the beautiful ships and we will have all kinds of ships at the waterfront, most of them passenger ships, a cup of them high recreation ships. but in addition to recognizing and experiencing those, i hope you will stop a man or woman in uniform on the program and and welcome them. and if you feel so inclined, please buy them a meal. so, thank you very much. (applause) * >> there you go, guys, free burgers. thank you, monique. and general maya talked about the urban search and rescue program that the san francisco fire department puts on for the navy and the marines, and that is a very successful program. we started in 2010. in 2011 what we realized is that every marin is a rifle man and every sailor is a firefighter. and, so, conversely, the navy
last year, they're going to do it again this year, invites the fire department on board the ship to learn shipboard firefighting techniques. and with that i'm going to introduce chief joanne hayes white. (applause) >> good morning. thank you, louis. mayor lee, general maya, it's a pleasure once again, san francisco fire department, to welcome the men and women in uniform. and thank you for what you do to protect our lives each and every day, the service that you do. many times without seeing your family, as our port director indicated. we're very excited once again to welcome and celebrate the military here in san francisco. it is a great opportunity to -- for that cross training bert effort. we look forward to having some of our fire felters on board the ship to learn from the military, conversely we also look forward to your fairly sophisticated constructed scenario whereby we'll be training the men and women in uniform related to that humanitarian assistance in the
event of a disaster. and how to go about structural collapse, search and rescue techniques. so, once again shall welcome. glad to be a part of it. and here's to a great fleet week. thank you. (applause) >> thank you, joanne. and planning, planning, planning, it's an amazing thing. the military does t. pains takingly, they have back up plan for the back up plans. and in 2010 when we partnered up with the department of emergency management, we held on board the u.s.s. macon island, docked at pier 32. we invited command staff, senior leaders from department of homeland security, both federal, state, and local organizations. and we went through a whole briefing on the process to bring in defense, part of defense assets. it doesn't just come automatically. it's not their main mission and is a whole program of process that has to be followed in
order to bring in the access. we partnered up with the department of emergency management. we did a briefing on what they call defense port civilian authorities. in 2011 we ratcheted it up with a stable top exercise with mass casualty evacuation. in 2012 back in august, we actually had a functional exercise where we set up command posts and we tested interoperable communications techniques and techniques on route clearing for mass debris route clearance. all of that is the lead agency in planning part of the emergency management with ralph and diane. and jill ray croft. it's all made possible by the waterfront department that is run by ann cronenberg. i'd loch for her to come up here and say a few words. (applause) >> thank you all. it's a pleasure to be here today. as louis mentioned, department of emergency management has a huge role in fleet week. what you see on the surface is
a fun week. we plan for the entire year to come up to this one week. we had a meeting last week in our office with the support staff who are doing all the background work that you, the public, never see. there were 56 people who turned out. the intricate planning that takes place to make fleet week and other activities occur is unbelievable. it makes me so proud to be a department head in the city and county of san francisco. we have learned since 2010 that we need to meet and get to know the folks that we will need to rely on in an emergency. we all know in a disaster we can't do this by ourselves. we are going to rely very heavily on our military partners. generally maya saw in 2010 that having a big party for fleet week was great, but we needed to do something more. and it was under his inspiration and leadership that
we began the humanitarian assistance disaster response program. so, it's really building these relationships over the years, continuing to grow, and going from the one week event that we started with for fleet week into something that we're doing all year round. so, i'd like to thank especially my staff, rob, diana, all the people who have been working on this day and night. right now this week it's fleet week every day, every second, every minute. but next week it will be fleet week for us again starting for 2013. so, thank you very much. (applause) >> thank you. it's true, the planning cycle for fleet week is really year round. and we have programs going on year round as well with the exercises and lectures and various ways to connect all of our parks. so, i think bottom line is we want you to come down to pier 80 where all the ships will be docked with the exception of
the uss macon island coming in at piers 32. where we'll have the senior leader seminar. if you're interested in coming and observing that program, it's very interesting. thursday we have a series of panels and keynote speakers including the united states navy surgeon general. on friday we have former secretary of defense perry who will be speaking. and on friday, as is tradition, since we saw the program, we invite the neighborhood volunteers, the nerts volunteers, people who volunteer their time to learn how to save their neighbors. so, we bring them on board and include them in the program. they get a nice tour of the ship. we feed them a will youctionvv of. fleet week always has a luncheon attached to it. i think everybody will remain, if you have any questions, want to talk to anybody more about the fleet week program, thank you very much, mayor lee. thank you, city and county of san francisco. and thank you all for coming out. (applause)
>> here we are at the embarcadero. we are standing at one of locations for the street artists. can you tell me about this particular location, the program? >> this location is very significant. this was the very first and only location granted by the board of supervisors for the street artist when the program began in 1972. how does a person become a street artist? there are two major tenants. you must make the work yourself
and you must sell the work yourself. a street artist, the license, then submitting the work to a committee of artists. this committee actually watches them make the work in front of them so that we can verify that it is all their own work. >> what happened during the holiday to make this an exciting location? >> this would be a magic time of year. you would probably see this place is jammed with street artists. as the no, there is a lottery held at 6 in the morning. that is how sought after the spaces are. you might get as many as 150 street artists to show up for 50 spaces. >> what other areas can a licensed street artist go to? >> they can go to the fisherman's wharf area. they can go in and around union square.
we have space is now up in the castro, in fact. >> how many are there? >> we have about 420. >> are they here all year round? >> out of the 420, i know 150 to sell all year round. i mean like five-seven days a week. >> are they making their living of of this? >> this is their sole source of income for many. >> how long have you been with this program. how much has it changed? >> i have been with the program since it began 37 and a half years ago but i have seen changes in the trend. fashion comes and goes. >> i think that you can still find plenty of titis perhaps. >> this is because the 60's is retro for a lot of people. i have seen that come back, yes.
>> people still think of this city as the birth of that movement. great, thank you for talking about the background of the program. i'm excited to go shopping. >> i would like you to meet two street artists. this is linda and jeremy. >> night said to me to print them -- nice to meet you. >> can you talk to me about a variety of products that use cell? >> we have these lovely constructed platters. we make these wonderful powder bowls. they can have a lot of color. >> york also using your license.
-- you are also using your license. >> this means that i can register with the city. this makes sure that our family participated in making all of these. >> this comes by licensed artists. the person selling it is the person that made it. there is nothing better than the people that made it. >> i would like you to meet michael johnson. he has been in the program for over 8 years. >> nice to me you. what inspired your photography? >> i am inspired everything that i see. the greatest thing about being a photographer is being able to
show other people what i see. i have mostly worked in cuba and work that i shot here in san francisco. >> what is it about being a street artist that you particularly like? >> i liked it to the first day that i did it. i like talking to mentum people. talking about art or anything that comes to our minds. there is more visibility than i would see in any store front. this would cost us relatively very little. >> i am so happy to meet you. i wish you all of the best. >> you are the wonderful artist that makes these color coding. >> nice to me to. >> i have been a street artist
since 1976. >> how did you decide to be a street artist? >> i was working on union square. on lunch hours, i would be there visiting the artist. it was interesting, exciting, and i have a creative streak in me. it ranges from t-shirts, jackets, hats. what is the day of the life of a street artist? >> they have their 2536 in the morning. by the end of the day, the last people to pack the vehicle probably get on their own at 7:30 at night. >> nice to me to condemn the -- nice to meet you. >> it was a pleasure to share this with you. i hope that the bay area will